Forced Entertainment (UK)

Fri 12 Apr 2013

Barbican (Pit)

Photo by Hugo Glendinning

Part game, part improvisation, this unique 24-hour live experience pits alternating pairs of performers against one another as they test their opponents with an avalanche of questions. Whether philosophical, trivial or deeply personal, answers must be invented on the spot, creating shifts in atmosphere from intimate chat to pub quiz to police interrogation.

Get involved in the run-up by submitting your own questions online. Then step in with a ticket that leaves you free to come and go, and watch the stakes being raised as the game escalates.


Since forming the company in 1984, the six core members of Forced Entertainment have sustained a unique artistic partnership, confirming their position as trailblazers in contemporary theatre. The work – framed and focused by Artistic Director Tim Etchells – is distinctive and provocative, delighting in disrupting the conventions of theatre and the expectations of audiences.


Conceived, devised and performed by Forced Entertainment Robin Arthur, Tim Etchells (Artistic Director), Richard Lowdon (Designer), Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden and Terry O’Connor.
Text by Tim Etchells, Forced Entertainment and you!
Set and lighting design by Richard Lowdon
Commissioned by Lois Keidan and Catherine Ugwu at ICA Live Arts & National Review Of Live Art


Presented in partnership with the Barbican.